Everyone is welcome to explore and access our collections and we offer lots of different ways to do this.

Online databases

Detailed searches of our archive, library and object items can be made using our online databases.

Onsite research

Our Archive, Library and Museum collections are open for anyone to visit, from amateur to professional researchers.

Access to our collections should be arranged through our reading room, where you can also access the University of Reading Special Collections. Feel free to drop in (you’ll need some ID for your first visit). If you want to see archives, photographs, specific books or museum objects then we recommend that you contact us in advance of your visit. This is so that we can arrange for items to come from the stores.

Unable to visit? Unsure what to do? Drop us a line at merl@reading.ac.uk – our collection enquiry service operates weekdays.

On our website

You can explore a growing selection of items from the collection online and you can also browse your way through lists of the collections we hold. These areas of our website are intended for a more casual browsing of the collections.

Community and other uses

We regularly use our collections in community, artistic and creative projects. If you are interested in using our collections in a project, display or for any other reason then we recommend that you contact us so we can put you in touch with the most relevant colleague.